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A round-up of good practice and useful information...
A round-up of good practice and useful information

Taxi ranks highly

Trafford MBC is considering the introduction of taxi marshals on busy nights of the year after the success of the scheme over Christmas. The marshals worked in teams of four over weekends and the Christmas period. Revellers and taxi drivers alike said their presence made them feel safe.

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Domestic violence

Luton councillors have called for a 24-hour helpline and free crisis counselling to be offered to victims of domestic violence. The study also called for council departments, the police and other organisations to agree a protocol for sharing information.

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Language training

Brent LBC is offering all unemployed participants in its citizenship ceremonies the chance to take part in the borough's Language2Work programme, which offers intensive employment training to people who do not have English as a first language, as part of a drive to cut unemployment in the borough. Language2Work involves six weeks of training, followed by one-to-one support tailored to each client's needs. The programme continues to support its clients even after they have found work. Since the scheme came under Brent's management last year 40 people have found jobs.

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Sport for all

Wandsworth LBC is offering disabled residents the opportunity to keep fit and pursue sporting activities in leisure centres, alongside people without disabilities. Staff at leisure centres have been given better training and leisure centres in the borough have improved access for disabled people. Leisure centres have also bought equipment which can be used by disabled people.

For more information e-mail inclusive fitness initiative co-ordinator Todd Patch

on tpatch@wandsworth.

Olympic training centre

Hackney LBC has opened a training centre aimed at helping small businesses take advantage of what the council sees is the 'Olympic jobs gold rush'. Hackney Community College's Centre of Vocational Excellence will offer training in a range of fields from construction to engineering to visual and performing arts.

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